Think of it as a commune for creative minds. Cattle Depot Artist Village is Hong Kong’s most unique artistic hub with 20 art organisations and studios that call it home. The colonial red-brick site alone is like a masterpiece, repurposed in 2001 from a former slaughterhouse. Arguably the most prominent resident there is Videotage, a Unesco-listed art organisation that focuses on new-media work on subjects from local living conditions to food culture. Similarly, 1a Space is dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of large-scale installations. As expected, the exhibitions here are nothing short of spectacular.
If you believe that art galleries are all clustered in Central and Hong Kong Island, think again. More and more homegrown art institutions, multi-purpose art spaces and artist’s studios are making Kowloon their home, adding more diversity and creativity across the map. Much like what's happening in Wong Chuk Hang, many of these establishments in Kowloon have been revamped from old industrial buildings and factories into artists’ hubs, such as Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) and Cattle Depot Artist Village. Independent galleries like Swing A Cat Gallery and C&G Artpartment have made big waves in the local art scene too.
Here are the best art galleries and art spaces you need to check out when you’re in Kowloon.
RECOMMENDED: Prefer to stick to one district? You can easily get your culture fix with a visit to the best art galleries in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun.